The Titan of Turnarounds, Sergio Marchionne Dies at 66

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Sergio Marchionne | June, 1952 - July, 2018 It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Sergio Marchionne has passed away. Marchionne had served as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automotive until an illness forced him to unexpectedly resign. FCA officials have named Mike Manley as...

Hackett replaces Fields as CEO to transform Ford for the future

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Mark Fields is ousted as CEO and will be replaced by Jim Hackett (former CEO of Steelcase). Hackett joined Ford’s board in 2013. He stepped down from the board in March of 2016 to become the chairman for Ford Smart Mobility. Some believe the company’s shares were...

Daily Newscast: Sonic Automotive’s answer to online retailing, emissions regulations and Honda’s big U.S. investment

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In today’s CBT Newscast for Thursday March 16, 2017: Sonic Automotive’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Jeff Dyke sits down with Joe Gumm to discuss the company’s answer to online retailing. He believes the automotive group has it all figured out. Tune into the full...

OEM Headlines: Honda to invest big in two U.S. plants

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Forbes says the Trump administration’s move to roll back existing federal fuel efficiency targets of 54.5 miles per gallon for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks, would be a terrible deal for American drivers.  The move is endorsed by U.S. auto dealers...

A look at this week’s top OEM headlines

This week's most impactful OEM headlines, including: Toyota investing $1 billion in US artificial intelligence center Over the next five years, Toyota will invest $1 billion in an artificial intelligence and robotics research center. The Detroit Bureau says that the facilities will not only focus...

A look at this week’s top OEM headlines

This week's most impactful OEM headlines, including: Nissan is 'racing forward' with autonomous cars, says CEO Carlos Ghosn Nissan says it is expediting the introduction of autonomous cars. Forbes reports the Japanese automaker made the announcement at the Tokyo Motor Show that it will offer...

A look at the week’s top OEM headlines

This week's most impactful OEM headlines, including: Mitsubishi, Nissan will build mini EV together The minicar project Nissan and Mitsubishi started four years ago is about to get extra resources to help ease the move into the electric-vehicle sector. Auto Blog says Nissan will have...

A look at the week’s top OEM headlines

This week's most impactful OEM headlines, including: New auto group formed to prevent cyberattacks Two auto trader associations are forming a new working group to help prevent cyberattacks on the nation's 230 million cars and trucks. The Detroit News says the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers...

A look at this week’s top OEM headlines

This week's most impactful OEM headlines, including: Toyota to sell cars that communicate with each other and roadways by year end Forbes reports that Toyota will sell cars that communicate with each other and roadways by year end. Many automakers are working on this technology,...

A look at this week’s top OEM headlines

This week's most impactful OEM headlines, including: Toyota spends $50 million to accelerate self-driving car program Toyota wants to accelerate the process of a self-driving car program and is spending $50 million dollars over the next five years to make sure it happens. The company...
social media

How Social Media Influencers Are Changing the Auto Industry

As consumer attention fragments among the various pulls of modern-day media, companies are turning to unconventional sources to move their products front and center....
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Do Dealerships Really Need Compliance Officers?

The quick answer is yes. Dealerships are required by law to have on-site compliance officers. Compliance officers help protect dealerships from violating state and...
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Four Unique Vehicle Design Trends

Automotive technology is always changing rapidly to adapt to new inventions that will make driving easier and more enjoyable. From electric vehicles to bluetooth...
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Improving Your Sales-to-Service Handoff

Sales and service have their own distinct roles in any dealership. In an ideal world, sales exists to attract and new customers and to...
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New Developments in the On-Going Auto Tariffs Saga

For the last several months, the Trump administration has pushed towards wide-scale tariffs on many imports. The White House sees these measures as part...

Which F&I Products Should You Sell Online?

On this week's episode of F&I Today, Becky Chernek explains why making all of your F&I products available online may not increase profits, and...

Improving the Point of Sale Presentation

On this week's episode of the Weekly Tune-Up, Jim Fitzpatrick speaks with guest host Michael Roppo, President of Automotive Management Resources, to discuss improving...

Having the Willingness to Win

The retail auto industry can often times feel like a race. Sometimes we're racing against coworkers or the competition, while other times we're racing...

A House Divided Will Not Stand

"A house divided will not stand." Make sure your heart and mind are in the same place when you come in today. Jonathan Dawson...